Mother’s Day Gifts

Is this your mother's gift basket?

Oh my! Mother’s Day will be here in less than 2 weeks and I hope this post will remind you to be prepared. I’m sure that all of you can relate to hearing your mom tell you to “Clean your room!” “Do the dishes!” “Take your dirty shoes off!” “Go to bed!” or my personal favorite, “Stop fighting with your sister!” My mom has told me these things in an annoyed tone of voice, but I know that she loves me. After all the heartburn I’ve probably given her, its a good idea to make sure she is pampered.

This year for Mother’s Day, I’m making a Pampered Mother Gift Basket with a Peach theme for my mom. You may be asking what is going to be in my mom’s basket. I’ll share the items, but you have to promise not to spoil the surprise for my mom! :-D

4 oz jar of Grease Monkey Hand Scrub with Peach Fragrance Oil (Perfect for all the gardening that is coming up!)
8 oz jar of Book Worm Tootsie Cream with Peach Fragrance Oil (For Hands and Feet)
8 oz jar of Awesome Salt Scrubs with Peach Fragrance Oil
2 tubes of Orange Butter Lip Balm with Natural Vanilla Oil instead of Sugar Kisses
1 bar of the Lemon Poppyseed Soap
1 bar of the Watermelon Soap

Since my mom also loves to be in the kitchen, I’m using a Bundt Cake Pan as the basket and I’m going to include a new set of dry ingredient measuring cups.

Mom, if you are reading this post, can you at least act surprised when you get your basket?

How are you going to pamper your mother?

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Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010: The US Post Office, UPS and MMS are closed this day. No shipments or deliveries will be made on this day.

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Pina Smoothie Samples

Even though it is raining and snowing here today, I promise it is almost the end of April. Soon, summer will be completely upon us and with that will come the desire to vacation in tropical places. When we can’t travel to the tropics, we can still bring the tropics to us, just like Moe the Dog did in the book, Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise by Diane Stanley. This book is a fun children’s book that may give you plenty of ideas to make your own tropical paradise.

Make a room spray with Pina Smoothie and spritz it around the room. Then lay back on a beach chair with a Piña Colada, Daiquiri or smoothie and enjoy. If you don’t want to make a room spray, make a body cream and scent it with Pina Smoothie for the heavenly tropical scent. I promise that Moe the Dog will be very jealous of any use of Pina Smoothie.

I’ve received permission to send samples of the Pina Smoothie Fragrance Oil along with samples of our Head to Toe Cream for your testing purposes. I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions of this fragrance. I hope you enjoy this fragrance as much as I do.

Don’t forget the sand!

In other news, I’m very excited to announce that Majestic Mountain Sage will be moving in May. We anticipate that it will the the later half of May, but we will keep you posted with all the details. We have completely stuffed our current space and we are needing to expand again. Our new facility will include a large classroom space that we will use for short classes and long intensive classes too!

As our moving date creeps closer, make sure you get the supplies you need to last through our move. When I know more details about our move, I promise I will release them quickly! At this time our plan is to be closed for two weeks to facilitate this move. Please check your supplies to make sure you can survive through mid June. This planning will help you save money (no rush shipping methods) and will assure you are Boy Scout prepared. This closure includes our graphics department.

Thank you for planning ahead and your continued support.

Enjoy a Piña Colada!

Pina Smoothie and Head to Toe Cream sampler.
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Flavor Opinions Needed (Reward Available)

I’m so excited! We have a two flavors that we are testing here at MMS and we need your help! We have had requests for a Buttered Popcorn Flavor and Cherry Almond Flavor. Well, we have tested and have our opinion, but now we need to hear your opinion. We are going to offer a special incentive for every opinion that is sent back to us. When you send your opinion through the Contact Us page, I will give you a code to receive any of the following items in your next order for free! Yes, you read that right, I am giving away some cool items just because you have submitted your opinion! You ask, what is on this list of free items? Well, you can have:
2 packages of 8 Small Transfer Pipettes OR
1 vial of 100 pH Test Strips OR
1 package of 10 Crystal Spatulas OR
1/2 fl oz of the new flavor we add to our catalog.

Due to tracking this data I won’t be able to make any exceptions, but I can listen to suggestions for freebies on future opinion requests.

We are going to be sending out a lip balm samples of one flavor per order. Please fill out our Contact Us form with your opinion once you have received our sample. Samples will begin leaving on Monday April 26. Yippee!

Labeled testers.
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Book Worm Tootsie Cream

At our house, we frequently read books aloud or listen to audio books together. While we are listening to the books, we take turns giving foot massages. I created this cream for our massages and it is wonderful! I scented this batch with Peach Fragrance Oil to match the book we were reading, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. This cream is similar in texture to the Moroccan Rose Body Butter from The Body Shop.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Soy Butter
Shea Butter, Refined
Cyclomethicone
Coconut Oil
Conditioning Emulsifier
Hydrovance
Lanolin
Water
Optiphen
Peach Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces
4.83 ounces Water
2.8 ounces Soy Butter
2.1 ounces Shea Butter, Refined
1.4 ounces Cyclomethicone
1.12 ounces Coconut Oil
0.7 ounces Conditioning Emulsifier
0.56 ounces Hydrovance
0.28 ounces Lanolin
0.14 ounces Optiphen Preservative
0.07 ounces Peach Fragrance Oil
Recipe in grams
138 grams Water
80 grams Soy Butter
60 grams Shea Butter, Refined
40 grams Cyclomethicone
32 grams Coconut Oil
20 grams Conditioning Emulsifier
16 grams Hydrovance
8 grams Lanolin
4 grams Optiphen Preservative
2 grams Peach Fragrance Oil
Recipe in Percentages
34.5% Water
20% Soy Butter
15% Shea Butter, Refined
10% Cyclomethicone
8% Coconut Oil
5% Conditioning Emulsifier
4% Hydrovance
2% Lanolin
1% Preservative (Optiphen)
0.5% Fragrance (Rose)

Weigh all ingredients except Optiphen and Peach Fragrance Oil into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Optiphen and Peach Fragrance Oil once the temperature drops below 120° Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 14 fl oz of cream.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by May 1st for posts during April.

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Finished cream on my finger.

Collect needed items.
Weighing all ingredients.

Mixing with the immersion blender.
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Light & Thick Hand Cream

I love thick hand creams, but I don’t always like the greasy feeling they can leave on my hands for a long time. This cream is light and perfect for rubbing over hands and promptly returning to working on a computer or knitting project.

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Hydrovance
Isopropyl Myristate
Dimethicone
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Coconut Oil Fractions
Water
Orchid Extract
Liquid Germall Plus
Vitamin E Acetate
Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil
Purple Raspberry Premixed Liquid Color
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the 2 oz Clear PET Low Profile Jars, Size 58 with Size 58 Straight Black Lids.)

Recipe:

Recipe in ounces: (Makes 35.27 ounces)
1.76 ounces Hydrovance
1.41 ounces Isopropyl Myristate
1.41 ounces Dimethicone
1.76 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.71 ounces Stearic Acid
5.29 ounces Coconut Oil Fractions
21.34 ounces Water
0.71 ounces Orchid Extract
0.18 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
0.35 ounces Vitamin E
0.35 ounces Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil
4 drops of Purple Raspberry Liquid Color
Recipe in grams: (Makes 1000 grams)
50 grams Hydrovance
40 grams Isopropyl Myristate
40 grams Dimethicone
50 grams Emulsifying Wax
20 grams Stearic Acid
150 grams Coconut Oil Fractions
605 grams Water
20 grams Orchid Extract
5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
10 grams Vitamin E
10 grams Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil
4 drops of Purple Raspberry Liquid Color
Recipe in Percentages
5% Hydrovance
4% Isopropyl Myristate
4% Dimethicone
5% Emulsifying Wax
2% Stearic Acid
15% Coconut Oil Fractions
60.5% Water
2% Orchid Extract
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
1% Vitamin E
1% Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil
drop of Purple Raspberry Liquid Color

Weigh all ingredients except Orchid Extract, Liquid Germall Plus, Vitamin E Acetate, Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil, and Purple Raspberry Liquid Color into the microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add Orchid Extract, Liquid Germall Plus, Vitamin E Acetate, Polynesian Red Fragrance Oil, and Purple Raspberry Liquid Color once the temperature drops below 120° Fahrenheit. Blend until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely. Cap the jars.

Notes: This recipe makes approximately 35 fl oz of cream.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by May 1st for posts during April.

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Finished cream on my finger.

Collect needed ingredients.
Weighing oils and waxes.
Weighing water.
Mixing with the immersion blender.

Adding the Vitamin E Acetate to the cooled lotion.

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Orange Butter Lip Balm

We have been playing with our new Orange Butter in lip balm and we formulated this fantastically yummy recipe. Smooth glide and long lasting moisturizing makes this lip balm perfect for the upcoming summer months.

We have about 250 tubes going out in orders. If you get one, we would love to hear your comments!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Orange Butter
Hydrogenated Soy
Beeswax
Castor Oil
Sugar Kisses Flavor Oil
Equipment
Microwave safe container for weighing ingredients
Scale
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Immersion Blender
Containers for the finished products (I’m using the I’m using the Clear Lip Balm Tubes and Orange Lip Balm Tube Caps.)
Finished Orange Butter lip balm with fun labels from our Label Department.

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Lip Balm for a Crowd

Lip Balm can be such a fun project for a group of people, but what do you do when you have a large group and everyone wants to use a different flavor? Pull out an electric skillet, several jars of Lip Solutions or glass jars with your own lip balm formula and away you go!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Lip Solutions or other prepared Lip Balm
Flavor Oil
Lip Balm Colors, Oil Soluble
Equipment
Electric Skillet
Transfer Pipettes
Spoons
Butcher Paper
Permanent Markers
Tape

Place the desired number of full jars into an empty skillet. Add water into the skillet until the water is 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep around the jars. This will prevent the skillet from overflowing. Turn the temperature to “Simmer” or approximately 200° F. This will melt the lip balm, but it is not an instant process as it will take time to melt the lip balm. If you would rather, you can jump start the melting process of the lip balm by using a microwave then just use the skillet to keep the lip balm at the melted state for a long time so many people can fill their own lip balm jars or tubes. While the skillet is heating the lip balm, cover the counter space next to the skillet with butcher paper and tape to the counter to prevent abrupt jostling movements to the paper. After all, you don’t want to spill anyone else’s lip balm! Once the lip balm is melted, add the flavor and color of choice and mix well. Don’t forget to label the jars with the flavor of lip balm they contain. You can either write on the glass or on a label. Now the lip balm is ready to be transferred into tubes or jars.

Choose a number of people to come fill lip balm tubes at the skillet. This number will vary on the available space around the skillet. Allow them to set their lip balm tubes on the butcher paper and fill their tubes. After they have filled their tubes, they should sign the paper next to their tubes with their name. Now they can go to the next project while their lip balms cool. Once a paper is covered with filled tubes, allow them to cool until all the tubes are completely cooled. Now, invite the people to come back and cap their lip balms. Once the lip balms have been capped, simply set out a new sheet of butcher paper and begin again.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by May 1st for posts during April.

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Andee

Two jars of Lip Solutions in the skillet.

The Lip Solutions is starting to melt.
Partially melted Lip Solutions.

Adding the flavor to the Lip Solutions.

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Lemon Poppyseed Soap

A few weeks ago, my sister made Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and those yummy muffins inspired this soap. I’ll even show you how I made the soap look like it had been baked!

Collect needed items:

Ingredients
Sweet Almond Oil
Coconut Oil
Palm Kernel Oil
Avocado Butter
Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Sodium Hydroxide
Water
Lemon Yellow Dry Color
Blueberry Seeds
Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
2 Gallon Soap Bucket
Soap Spoon
Gloves
Guerrilla Soap Mold
Glass Beakers
Immersion Blender
Time spent:Weighing time: 8 minutes
Adding lye to water: 20 seconds, followed by 60 seconds of stirring
Heating of oils time: 4 minutes
Pouring lye solution into the fat mixture: 15 seconds
Using immersion blender to mix soap solution: 5 minutes
Pour into mold: 45 seconds
Allow soap to rest: 24 hours
Recipe in ounces:
20 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
20 ounces Coconut Oil
20 ounces Palm Kernel Oil
15 ounces Avocado Butter
5 ounces Deodorized Cocoa Butter

11.76 ounces Sodium Hydroxide
20 to 30 ounces water

0.15 cc Lemon Yellow Dry Color

1 Tablespoon Blueberry Seeds

0.75 ounces Lemon Zinger Fragrance Oil
0.95 ounces Lemon Sugar Fragrance Oil

1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

Weigh your fragrance oil, color and 1 ounce of water into a small beaker and set aside. Measure seeds and set aside as well.

Add sodium hydroxide to the water. Mix well. Allow to cool to near 120 °F. Exact temperature is not critical. Allow the lye solution to cool as the oils are being melted. Measure oils on your scale. Warm on the stove or in the microwave. Bring temperature to near 120 °F. Once again, exact temperature is not critical.

Combine oils and lye solution. Stir until thin trace. Upon light trace add the fragrance oil, color and seeds. Stir well. Pour soap into molds. I used the Guerrilla Mold from Dirk’s post. Lightly sprinkle the cocoa powder over the soap. Using a gloved hand, gently mix the cocoa powder into the soap, making a thin layer of brown colored soap to represent the baked top. Allow to sit until soap is firm.

Cut into bars. Stack to allow good air circulation. Allow to cure for several days before using. Longer curing will result in a harder bar.

Notes:
Instead of using all of the water in the lye solution, I used 1 ounce of my water and placed it in a small beaker with my fragrance blend and color. I did this to prevent splotches of dye in my finished soap.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by May 1st for posts during April.

Did you know that you can become a fan of Majestic Mountain Sage on Facebook? Receive the latest updates, blog post notifications and more!

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Andee

Finished soaps!

Measured oils.
Adding the lye to the water.
Melted oils.
Adding the lye solution to the oils.

Blending the lye solution and oils together.

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Vanilla Stabilizers

Vanilla stabilizers….. do they work?

The answer is yes, sort of. Vanilla stabilizers do not fully stop all browning of a soap. While they make slow the progression (long enough for your customer to take home the soap) they will not stop all browning. Check out this soap.

This soap was made on March 19th. I will show you the progression on this soap for then next several weeks. Is a vanilla stabilizer perfect? Not at all! Will it prevent browning? Nope. It will just slow the browning. Is it worth the extra money? In our opinion – no.

Browning of a soap isn’t bad. The scent is richer and more rounded than a scent that doesn’t turn brown. Is the browning desirable in all products? Not at all. But we feel it is best to choose a fragrance based on how it reacts with the product in the first few days, and long term. We don’t expect Sweet Almond Oil to be the “everything” oil. We blend to get the best from all the oils available. The same should hold true for scenting.

So, now you know why you won’t find one of these so called “stabilizers” in the MMS product catalog. If it worked without any browning, we would consider it. But, this isn’t good enough in our opinion.

Don’t forget to submit your blog or video posts to win the MMS Perfumer’s Kit. Remember, this kit is worth $280! Submissions are due by May 1st for posts during April.

Did you know that you can become a fan of Majestic Mountain Sage on Facebook? Receive the latest updates, blog post notifications and more!

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Soap with the Vanilla Stabilizer.

Batch on the left with the Vanilla Stabilizer and the batch on the right without.
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